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Hit Sandwich Shop Uncle Paulie’s Deli Secures New Space in Downtown LA

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The celeb-friendly Italian-American spot is growing

Cross-section of an Italian submarine sandwich from Uncle Paulie’s.
Uncle Paulie’s Italian sandwich
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Italian-American storefront Uncle Paulie’s Deli has secured a new space in Downtown. The Spring Street address comes with a full kitchen hood too, which means customers can expect even more from the celeb-favorite spot, beyond the usual deli sandwiches and sides.

The original Uncle Paulie’s opened back in 2017 as a smallish space on Beverly Boulevard with just a few tables out front. Thanks to owner Paul James and co-founder/partner/longtime New York City friend and designer Jon Buscemi (and, even more crucially, some sought-after merchandise) Uncle Paulie’s quickly gained a following with a very plugged-in West Hollywood set.

Fast forward two years and James is taking the same look and vibe to Downtown, landing along Spring Street near Terroni and Verve Coffee. The area is rapidly changing, particularly with new boutique streetwear and clothing brands moving in, making Uncle Paulie’s a natural fit. The address itself, 820 Spring, is part of what used to be a casual lobby bar known as Bar Garcia that fed into the upstairs Tuck Hotel. Half of the street level is being converted to Uncle Paulie’s, with room for that kitchen hood as well as some seating inside and out (no deli cases though), while the rest of the building undergoes a rebrand.

James tells Eater that the hope is to open in the first month of 2020, offering breakfast through dinner service and a menu that has everything from egg sandwiches to deli staples to red sauce options at night. If all goes well, there could even be room for late night weekend service once the club crowd lets out.

Uncle Paulie’s Deli. 820 S. Spring St., Los Angeles.